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Suresh Raina won the toss and put the Royal Challengers Bangalore in to bat first against the Gujarat Lions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium tonight.
The line ups:
RCB XI: C Gayle, V Kohli, M Singh, AB de Villiers, TM Head, K Jadhav, A Choudhary, P Negi, S Badree, S Aravind, Y Chahal
GL XI: B McCullum, A Finch, S Raina, D Karthik, I Kishan, R Jadeja, J Faulkner, A Tye, B Thampi, N Singh, A Soni
Virat Kohli addressed the team's situation at the toss. He said "Our situation is very similar to last year. Its time that we step up our game and play the cricket that we're known to play."
On having to bat first, he said "Not a bad toss to lose, we were looking to bat first anyway. The wicket is very different from what it has been for the last couple of years and batting second is definitely difficult is what we experienced and that's something that we had kept in mind before coming to the toss so not a bad thing to be batting first at all."
The team had two changes. Kohli explained "Tymal has a niggle in his back so Travis Head comes in. Stuart Binny misses out and Aniket Chaudhary comes in."
RCB didn't have the start Kohli desired though. The captain was cautious against Basil Thampi but an attempt to pull a back of a length ball found Aaron Finch at short fine leg to cut his stay short on just 10. Chris Gayle and Travis Head had identical dismissals off successive deliveries as soon as Andrew Tye came into the attack, edging him behind to the keeper and 1st slip respectively as RCB slid to 22/3.
Kedar Jadhav didnt waste time settling in, taking on Thampi, Ravindra Jadeja and legspinner Ankit Soni when he came into the attack but an attempted late cut against Jadeja ended in him being bowled for 31 (18b). AB de Villiers was run out attempting a suicidal single challenging Jadeja, reducing RCB to 60/5. Negi took the onus on of attacking, going after Jadeja, James Faulkner and Soni but fell for 32 (19b) attempting a third six off Soni. Badree holed out off Jadeja in the next over and Mandeep slashed Tye straight to Jadeja at backward point to leave RCB on 110/8.
Aravind and Aniket Choudhary added 22 for the 9th wicket before Aravind was caught spectacularly at the long on boundary by Brendon McCullum off Faulkner in the last over. Two balls later Yuzvendra Chahal was run out returning for the second run, making it the first time ever that RCB have been bowled out in successive outings batting. RCB were bowled out for 134.
Ishan Kishan was given a promotion and the license to go after Samuel Badree which he did, taking three fours off him but he also fell LBW in the third over trying to slog sweep Badree. The Lions tried their best to keep McCullum off strike against Badree but the leggie got the Kiwi with just his second delivery to him, caught at long on. Aaron Finch though helped Gujarat get a move on by smashing two huge sixes off Badree as soon as he walked in then took on Aravind to take two boundaries off him, taking GL to 49/2 by the end of the powerplay.
He charged on despite a quiet first over from Aniket, taking on Chahal as soon as he was introduced and getting stuck into Aniket in his second over with well placed boundaries through midwicket, extra cover and a huge six over long on, bringing up a 22 ball fifty and taking GL to 81/2 at the end of 9 overs. A no ball from Chahal gave Raina a reprieve after he hit one straight to the man at deep midwicket, extending the punishment for RCB. Finch now went after Negi, taking back to back sixes off him before Chahal went for boundaries off each batsman.
Negi dragged one short to finally remove Finch, out caught at long on by AB de Villiers for his 34 ball 72. Raina continued with a six before the over was finished. A couple of fours followed off Travis Head in the next over to give Raina the Orange Cap and a 7 wicket win with 6.1 overs to spare.